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World champion sailor from Lamlash, Rory Hunter has been spending some time at home during the pandemic but he has not been sitting idle and has continued with his punishing training regime to keep in world champion form.
Having won the 2019 International WASPZ Games in Perth Australia last January and also lifting the U21 title at the same time, Rory is in training for the WASPZ class UK national competition early next year and will be fighting to retain his title in the world championships in August next year.
The Banner caught up with Rory during his time back on Arran and learned that despite gyms being closed Rory has managed to keep up his fitness levels with recreational and more professional sailing as well as working out in his gym in his garden and running up and down the hills on Arran.
Other than the WASPZ competitions Rory is currently working on his next big challenge and is looking for a sponsor for his 2024 Olympic campaign where he hopes to compete in the NACRA 17 class which is also a two-person performance catamaran boat which, like the WASPZ class, also utilises hydrofoils.
Photographs: Stephen Garraway
Rory Hunter pictured kite surfing at Blackwaterfoot beach. No_B38Rory01
Rory gains air in this one-handed manoeuvre. No_B38Rory02
The kite allows Rory to perform 360 degree aerial stunts. No_B38Rory03
The world champion sailor prepares to use the waves as a ramp. No_B38Rory04